The Best Episodes of The Twelve Kingdoms

Last Updated: Dec 9, 2018

Nakajima Youko is your average somewhat timid high school student. One day, a strange man named Keiki appears before her, swearing allegiance. Before she could properly register what was happening, demon-like creatures attack Youko and her friends, after which they are pulled into a different world. A world unlike what she has ever known. Separated from Keiki, Youko and her friends must do whatever they can if they wish to survive in this new world.

A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Final Chapter

#1 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Final Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 39

Queen Kei, having learned much about her world, her kingdom, and most of all her people, takes her rightful place, on the throne and in control. Her first order is to rescind the rule of prostration except on official or formal occasions.

star 9.15
13 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Twelve

#2 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Twelve

Season 1 - Episode 35

Suzu and Shoukei finally connect and find they have the same objectives. Still in disguise and seeking Enho, who has been abducted by Shoukou, Youko meets the two young women and the resistance at an inn.

star 8.71
7 votes
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A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Fourteen

#3 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Fourteen

Season 1 - Episode 37

Shoukou surrenders to the queen. Asano tries to redeem himself by delivering a message to Shoukei's rebels, but they are already on the way. Youko, Suzu and Shoukei finally all meet.

star 8.71
7 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Ten

#4 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Ten

Season 1 - Episode 33

Suzu joins the resistance against Shoukou. Shoukei is unknowingly saved by Youko when she nearly gives herself away. Shoukou tasks Asano with finding Youko, since he knows what she looks like.

star 8.60
5 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Thirteen

#5 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Thirteen

Season 1 - Episode 36

The fighting begins, with the resistance proving itself tactically brilliant. Shoukou finds himself under siege and in considerable danger.

star 8.50
8 votes
Ally of the Moon

#6 - Ally of the Moon

Season 1 - Episode 40

Queen Kei sends a wise messenger to Gekkei, who has been ruling Hou after killing its king but refusing to take the title. Kei and Rakushun follow King En to Mt Shou, where he goes on a mysterious pilgrimage every year.

star 8.43
7 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Fifteen

#7 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Fifteen

Season 1 - Episode 38

Youko reveals her identity to Suzu and Shoukei, and their developing friendship is confirmed. The Imperial Army arrives - to Youko's alarm, as only she is supposed to be able to mobilise it. They realise there is a traitor in the court.

star 8.38
8 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Eight

#8 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Eight

Season 1 - Episode 30

Shoukei bribes her way free and she and Rakushun set off to find Youko. Suza, Asano and young orphan Seishuu arrive in Kei and Suzu unknowingly meets Youko under tragic circumstances.

star 8.25
8 votes
Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West - Final Chapter

#9 - Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West - Final Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 44

Atsuyu reveals his true nature to the court and in the face of condemnation admits defeat, but fails even then to be honest. King En promises a land of green meadows and fruitfulness to all his subjects.

star 8.17
6 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Seven

#10 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Seven

Season 1 - Episode 29

Wise old Enho teaches Youko about the basics of ruling the kingdom. Shoukei is caught and imprisoned for stealing from Queen Kyou. Asano proves himself less than perfectly sane.

star 8.14
7 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Five

#11 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Five

Season 1 - Episode 27

Shoukei is forced to work as a slave in Kyou. Suzu sets out for Kei, meeting up with the performing group that took in Youko when she first arrived, and meets Asano, who appears to have suffered some sort of dangerous mental breakdown.

star 8.00
8 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Eleven

#12 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Eleven

Season 1 - Episode 34

Asano leads Shouko to where Youko has been staying, with disastrous results. Meanwhile Suzu unwittingly instructs Youko, causing her to rethink her actions and determine to do better in future.

star 8.00
7 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Six

#13 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Six

Season 1 - Episode 28

As Youko travels through Kei, learning the realities of the kingdom, Shoukei escapes Kyou, intent on taking the Queen of Kei's place and regaining her own kingdom. Asano sneaks onto the ship carrying Suzu to Kei.

star 8.00
7 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Three

#14 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Three

Season 1 - Episode 25

Suzu dreams of Youko welcoming her as a sister. Shoukei's status is discovered and her life threatened - as is Youko's when one of her officials apparently betrays her.

star 7.89
9 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Reminiscence Chapter

#15 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Reminiscence Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 31

Rakushun explains how the world of the 12 kingdoms works to Shoukei, which starts to change her whole attitude. Asano is tempted to join the mysterious and ruthless Shoukou.

star 7.89
9 votes
A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Nine

#16 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Nine

Season 1 - Episode 32

Believing Youko to be responsible for the death of Seishuu, Suzu arms herself and determines to face her. Shoukei heads for Wa Province, not knowing the offer of work and a place to stay for refugees is from the evil Shoukou.

star 7.88
8 votes
Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Chapter Five

#17 - Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Chapter Five

Season 1 - Episode 19

Taiki tames his first demon - one of the most dangerous in the 12 kingdoms - and chooses the king of Tai, but not in accordance to the will of the heavens.

star 7.88
8 votes
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A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Four

#18 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter Four

Season 1 - Episode 26

Suzu escapes to Sai, and is made welcome. For her own protection, Shoukei is exiled to Kyou. Youko takes control - but her decisions may not be the best or wisest.

star 7.88
8 votes
Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Chapter Eleven

#19 - Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Chapter Eleven

Season 1 - Episode 11

En's minister explains to Youko and Rakushun Enki's story, and how he came to choose the King of En.

star 7.80
15 votes
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A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter One

#20 - A Great Distance in the Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Chapter One

Season 1 - Episode 23

The kaikyaku Suzu has lived as a slave to the harsh Lady Riyou for 100 years. After her father, the cruel King of Hou, is executed, Shoukei loses her immortality and is cast out. Youko prepares for her coronation.

star 7.70
10 votes
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Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West - Chapter Three

#21 - Sea God of the East, Azure Sea of the West - Chapter Three

Season 1 - Episode 43

Trying to escape, Enji finds Atsuyu's father imprisoned and starving - though unable to die as he's an immortal sen-nin - by his own usurping son, and realises that his trust in Atsuyu is misplaced.

star 7.67
6 votes
Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Final Chapter

#22 - Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Final Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 20

Keiki, Enki and King En conspire to prove Taiki correct, causing great relief. In the present, in Japan, Yuka is convinced the strange young man belongs in the 12 kingdoms.

star 7.67
9 votes
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Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Final Chapter

#23 - Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Final Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 13

King Kou defeats himself: King En and Youko rout the false queen of Kei and Youko, reluctantly, agrees to take her rightful place. Keiki restores Yuka to Japan, where she finds a strange boy whose art looks like a map of the 12 kingdoms.

star 7.64
11 votes
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Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Correspondence Chapter

#24 - Sea of the Wind, Shore of the Labyrinth - Correspondence Chapter

Season 1 - Episode 22

Rakushun and Youko correspond: Rakushun is doing very well, and Youko is coping, although finding the complexities of the royal court confusing. The date is set for the coronation.

star 7.63
8 votes
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Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Chapter Nine

#25 - Shadow of the Moon, Sea of the Shadow - Chapter Nine

Season 1 - Episode 9

Youko and Rakushun are reunited, and go to see a kaikyaku teacher who, with Rakushun, explains more about the world. Youko's fate is uncovered. Fighting invading youmo, she meets King En.

star 7.62
16 votes
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